Windigo Island has received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist! PW called the book "excellent," while Booklist described it as "a punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction… as blistering and crucial in its indictments of contemporary evil as The Jungle."A NOTE FROM KENT
Like A River
The first half of 2014 has been one of the most delightful periods of my life as a writer. Ordinary Grace has been honored time and again—the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, the Dilys, the Squid, and most recently the Edgar Award, as well as nominations for the upcoming Macavity Award, Barry Award and Anthony Award—and this spring, Tamarack County received both the Minnesota Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. An embarrassment of riches.
But even as these wonderful blessings have arrived, the writing life has continued. I think of my work as a river, always flowing. And so, I’ve moved on and have finished the next novel in the Cork O’Connor series, Windigo Island, which will be released in just a couple of months, on August 19. (Read an excerpt here. You can order it now by using the links below.)
Here’s a quick preview of Windigo Island: When the body of a teenage girl washes up on the shore of a malevolent place the local Ojibwe call Windigo Island, Cork’s old friend Henry Meloux asks him to investigate. Because the safety of Meloux’s family is at stake, Cork agrees. Very soon, he finds himself pursued by monsters both mythic and all too real, and the net of danger quickly widens to fall across Cork and his own family as well.
Windigo Island is a story that many in Minnesota’s Native community encouraged me to write. At its heart is an issue of extreme importance. I won’t discuss the issue here, but I encourage you to read the book.
I’ve set up a tour later this summer and fall with lots of stops along way. Check out my Events link to see when I’ll be appearing near you.
Finally, I’m at work on what will be my seventeenth published novel. It’s called This Tender Land, and I think of it as a companion novel to Ordinary Grace. Like that work, it’s set in southern Minnesota in an earlier time, the summer of 1958. Although there’s murder at the heart of it (murder is, after all, what I write about), in large measure, it’s an exploration of the wounds that our wars—and there have been so many—deliver to us as individuals and as a people. The first draft is far from finished, and I still have a lot to learn about the story and the characters who play a part in it. At the moment, This Tender Land is tentatively scheduled for publication in the spring or 2016.
So a lot of twists and turns still ahead on the river. I promise to keep you posted on my progress.
Signed and personally inscribed copies will be available from many of the stores on the book tour.
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